Research shows that most of us could gain around 1lb (half a kilo) during the winter months. That may not sound like much but, over a decade, it can add up.
The two main reasons that people put on weight in winter are:
Cold weather and shorter days can make it harder to find the motivation to exercise outdoors.
This means you're missing out on your recommended 150 minutes a week of physical activity.
If you are also consuming the same amount of calories, or perhaps even more with heavier, warming winter food, this can lead to weight gain.
Then, of course, there are the annual December festivities, such as work Christmas parties and family get-togethers.
So what's the solution? Here are five simple ways to avoid winter weight gain.
When the temperature drops, it's easy to give up on being active outdoors. In winter, we might do fewer calorie-burning outdoor activities, such as cycling, short walks and gardening.
Cold weather doesn't mean you have to abandon physical activity completely. Instead, try to fit in what you can, and think about indoor activities, too.
Get more tips for exercising in winter.
Make it easier to prepare a healthy meal by keeping your cupboard stocked with healthy staples. You'll save money and help avoid the temptation to order a high-calorie takeaway.
Healthy store-cupboard staples include:
And don't forget your freezer. Try these tips:
Find more ways to cook on a budget.
Hot drinks in winter can help you keep warm, but remember that some are high in calories.
Putting syrups and whipped cream in drinks adds extra calories and free sugars. Takeaway coffees and hot chocolate can be high in calories, free sugars and saturated fat.
An average medium café mocha from a high-street café chain can contain around 360 calories. This is almost a fifth of your total daily calorie allowance.
Stick to regular coffee or tea, or ask for your drink to be "skinny" (made with skimmed milk). Also, limit your alcohol intake, as alcoholic drinks can contain a lot of calories.
Eating a wide variety of foods ensures you get a range of nutrients, including essential vitamins and minerals.
Look out for seasonal root vegetables – such as swedes, parsnips and turnips – and winter veggies such as cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale and artichokes. They're filling as well as nutritious and contribute to your 5 A Day.
During the festive period, you may consume a lot of foods high in sugar, salt and fat, which can be high in calories.
Try these healthier alternatives:
Get more tips for healthy food swaps.
Talk to your doctor or practice nurse, who may be able to refer you to a local weight-management support service.
Your local council may also offer weight management programmes.
Important: Our website provides useful information but is not a substitute for medical advice. You should always seek the advice of your doctor when making decisions about your health.